this post for alton brown's pancakes was originally posted in march 2016! the pictures have been updated.
if someone’s going to be making breakfast at home, it’s usually my dad. weekend mornings consist of omelettes (usually with cheddar cheese, sometimes with smatterings of other things in the house- leftover caramelized onions, basil, tomatoes, avocado, mushrooms, etc), challah french toast, or alton brown's pancakes, tall and golden and studded with 5 chocolate chips each (exactly 5- he refuses to add anymore, and the rest of us would riot if he used less).
let’s talk toppings real quick before i let you go. my dad does chocolate chips or plain (at which point there’s usually a bowl of maple syrup on the table for dipping). for the batch photographed here, i did chocolate chips cooked into the pancakes, with a plop of whipped cream, chocolate shavings and raspberries on top. chocolate chip and blueberries is also a really nice combo; you get the sweet chocolate and the sweet/tart berries. plain ones doused in melted butter and brown sugar is equally unreal, and if you were trying to channel my cousin, the one with whom i had a standing tuesday baking date with (ahhh, those were the days, when there was weekday baking) as a kid and made countless batches of chocolate chip cookies with, you’d do the brown sugar/butter combo over chocolate chip pancakes. for lunch. enough said. or chopped crispy bacon, diced apple/pear/stone fruit/berries, dried cherries/apricots, toasted almonds/pecans/macadamias, you name it, it’ll pass with flying colors. except for maybe apple and kielbasa pancakes, which are as weird as they sound, but i bet you knew that already.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅙ tablespoon kosher salt
- ⅓ tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
- 1 cup buttermilk room temperature
- fruit, chocolate chips, or other toppings
Combine all ingredients. Use within 3 months.
Whisk the egg and butter in a bowl, then whisk in the buttermilk.
Add to the pancake mix. Whisk until just combined. Don't worry about the lumps.
Ladle onto the griddle and sprinkle on toppings. Press in the toppings gently. When bubbles begin to set around the edges and the bottom is golden, flip. Cook until set.
From Alton Brown.